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Books: Historical Linguistics/Sociolinguistics: Deumert, Durrleman (Eds)

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Message 1: Structure and Variation in Language Contact: Deumert, Durrleman (Eds)
Date: 01-Dec-2006
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Subject: Structure and Variation in Language Contact: Deumert, Durrleman (Eds)

Title: Structure and Variation in Language Contact Series Title: Creole Language Library 29 Published: 2006 Publisher: John Benjamins

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Editor: Ana Deumert Editor: Stephanie Durrleman Hardback: ISBN: 9027252513 Pages: 376 Price: U.S. $ 150.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027252513 Pages: 376 Price: Europe EURO 125.00

This volume presents a careful selection of fifteen articles presented atthe SPCL meetings in Atlanta, Boston and Hawai'i in 2003 and 2004. Thecontributions reflect - from various perspectives and using different typesof data - on the interplay between structure and variation in contactlanguages, both synchronically and diachronically. The contributorsconsider a wide range of languages, including Surinamese creoles, ChinookJargon, Yiddish, AAVE, Haitian Creole, Afro-Hispanic and Afro-Portuguesevarieties, Nigerian Pidgin, Sri Lankan Malay, Papiamentu, and BahamianCreole English (Hackert). A need to question and test existing claimsregarding pidginization/creolization is evident in all contributions, andthe authors provide analyses for a variety of grammatical structures:VO-ordering and affixation, agglutination, negation, TMAs, plural marking,the copula, and serial verb constructions. The volume provides ampleevidence for the observation that pidgin/creole studies is today a maturesubfield of linguistics which is making important contributions to generallinguistic theory.

Table of contents

IntroductionAna Deumert and Stephanie Durrleman 1-6Part I: StructureThe phonetics of tone in SaramaccanJeff Good 9-28Tracing the origin of modality in the creoles of SurinameBettina Migge 29-59Modelling Creole Genesis: Headedness in morphologyTonjes Veenstra 61-83The restructuring of tense/aspect systems in creole formationDonald Winford 85-110Syntactic properties of negation in Chinook Jargon, with a comparison oftwo source languagesZvjezdana Vrzić 111-133Sri Lankan Malay morphosyntax: Lankan or Malay?Peter Slomanson 135-158Sri Lanka Malay: Creole or convert?Ian R. Smith and Scott Paauw 159-181The advantages of a blockage-based etymological dictionary for proven orputative relexified languages: (Extrapolating from the Yiddish experience)Paul Wexler 183-199Part II: VariationA fresh look at habitual be in AAVEChris Collins 203-224Oral narrative and tense in urban Bahamian Creole EnglishStephanie Hackert 225-242Aspects of variation in educated Nigerian Pidgin: Verbal structuresDagmar Deuber 243-261A linguistic time-capsule: Plural /s/ reduction in Afro-Portuguese andAfro-Hispanic historical textsFernanda L. Ferreira 263-289The progressive in the spoken Papiamentu of ArubaTara Sanchez 291-314Was Haitian ever more like French?Mikael Parkvall 315-335The late transfer of serial verb constructions as stylistic variants inSaramaccan creoleMarvin Kramer 337-372Index 373-376

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics                             Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Bahamas Creole English (bah)                             Chinook Wawa (chn)                             English (eng)                             Haitian Creole French (hat)                             Papiamentu (pap)                             Pidgin, Nigerian (pcm)                             Portuguese (por)                             Sri Lankan Creole Malay (sci)                             Spanish (spa)                             Sranan (srn)                             Yiddish, Eastern (ydd)                             Yiddish, Western (yih)
Written In: English (eng )

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